Scripture Verse

I John…was in the isle that is called Patmos. Revelation 1:9


Edward Caswall
National Portrait Gallery


Words: Ni­co­las le Tour­neaux, in the Clu­ni­ac Bre­vi­ary, 1686 (Jus­su ty­ran­ni pro fi­de). Trans­lat­ed from La­tin to Eng­lish by Ed­ward Cas­wall, Ly­ra Ca­tho­li­ca, 1849.

Music: Utrecht Ber­thold Tours, in Hymns An­cient and Mo­dern, 1875 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Saint John at Patmos
Diego R. de Silva Velázquez


An exile for the faith,
Of His incarnate Lord,
Beyond the stars, beyond all space,
His soul in vision soared.

There saw in glo­ry Him
Who liveth, and was dead,
There Judah’s Lion, and the Lamb
That for our ransom bled.

There of the kingdom learned
The mysteries sublime;
How, sown in martyrs’ blood, the faith
Should spread from clime to clime.

Lord, give us grace, like him,
In Thee to live and die;
To spurn the fleeting things of earth,
And seek for joys on high.

Jesu, our ris­en Lord,
We praise Thee and adore,
Who art with God the Fa­ther One
And Spi­rit ev­er­more.